This out-of-print book is a treasure trove of information!
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Here is a compilation of magic facts and artifacts, a treasure trove of magical history that will take you back through the years. It was the last Golden Age of magic, when the public flocked to see Thurston, Raymond, Ching Ling Soo and Houdini perform. It was a time when magicians traveled the world, their very names serving to swell the box office receipts of theaters in every country.
And they talked, perhaps not to the general public, but easily and freely to other magicians. In these pages, you will read the memories that other magicians had of the great ones. You'll learn the vagaries and foibles of these great men.
What book on magic would be complete without tricks, effects and illusions? You'll find these, too!
There are photographs in enormous quantity. You'll find reproductions of the theatrical posters and handbills that the great magicians used. There are actual on-the-scene photographs of magicians performing on the stage.
This book was edited by Walter Gibson, the world's leading authority on magic. Much of the material in these pages is drawn from actual copies of the now defunct Conjuror Magazine that Walter edited in the late 1930s and early 1940s."